K-12th Grade Special Education Accessing the General Curriculum
Students accepted into the 5-year M.A.T. in K-12th Grade special education graduate with course work leading to initial licensure in K-12th grade special education accessing the general curriculum. This program is designed to prepare students to work collaboratively while supporting the K-12th grade students' with disabilities success in the general academic curriculum. Their IDLS major allows students to meet requirements for Highly Qualified in Elementary Education and may be designed to also meet Highly Qualified criteria in specific content areas. The special education content meets the requirements for Highly Qualified in Special Education. Students take coursework in
♦ foundations of education and special education, language acquisition,
♦ reading instruction,
♦ characteristics of exceptionalities,
♦ Special Education(SPED) assessment,
♦ SPED curriculum and instructional methods,
♦ classroom and behavior management,
♦ transition, and
♦ assistive technology.
Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in working with learners with disabilities. Five-year M.A.T. students major in IDLS and "minor" in Special Education, taking approximately 122 credit hours at the undergraduate level and 30 credit hours at the graduate level. Students proceed through the program in a set course sequence, with each course building on the content previously provided. Students must apply for admission into the Graduate School and meet all admission requirements in order to continue for the fifth year of this program. For more information on the program sequence and requirements, please see the course sequence.
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